I am not on vacation, I am not on vacation, I am not on vacation…
Hello again from California. My game face is now sunburnt, how’s yours looking? Hopefully mean as ever; t-minus six hours to puck drop for Game 3…
By definition, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the longest English word, is used as something to say when you have nothing to say.
I would love to tell you the Vancouver Canucks are a confident bunch right now and that yesterday’s flight to Los Angeles calmed my nerves about this series, but I can’t – I wasn’t aboard Air Canucks.
More people travel with the team during the post-season, people with roles more important to the Canucks than eating yogurt, watching Game of Thrones and taking pictures of Sami Salo. So I was aboard an Alaska Air flight that, oddly enough, has me feeling better about this series than ever before.
I knew it was going to be a fun ride to LaLaland when a larger than life picture of Tinker Bell greeted me as I boarded early yesterday afternoon; yes I was on a Walt Disney aircraft complete with Walt Disney songs, like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, played on and off throughout the flight.
Some may have taken this as annoying; I took it as a sign.
Tinker Bell was also inside the plane, spreading pixie dust from the front of the cabin to the back, with a message that read Follow me to the happiest place on earth.
There’s only one thing that would make LA the happiest place on earth right now: wins for the Canucks, two to be exact, three in due time.
After doing some pixie dust research when I got to the team hotel, I was informed this dust can help humans fly if they believe in happy thoughts. To this eternal optimist, that’s exactly what I needed to hear.
The Canucks are down 0-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarter-Final and many have written them off as dead already. It is a best-of-seven after all, and not only did the Boston Bruins overcome the same deficit in the first round last season to, well, you remember, the 2002 Detroit Red Wings also did en route to a Cup win – I won’t mention who their first round opponent was that squandered a 2-0 series lead :$
Vancouver can do this, it starts with Game 3 and now that pixie dust is involved, happy thoughts (read: positive thinking) from Canucks fans will go a long way in helping the team win.
No need for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, because now I’ve got something to say: GO CANUCKS GO!
-Only a few Canucks are skating Sunday morning, others will be available to the media at 1 p.m. We’ll have the latest on Canucks.com after that, including who starts in net for Vancouver.
“I think most teams look to go into the other team’s building hoping for a split and they got the first win, now it’s our turn to take care of business and make sure it’s a split going back to LA. I don’t think we need to approach it any differently tonight, it’s still early in the series, it’s not 3-2, it’s 1-0, so there’s a lot of hockey left to be played.”
-Kevin Bieksa, post-practice Friday.
— Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, following practice Thursday.
Time lapse of Towel Time at Rogers Arena in preparation for Game 1 of the Canucks vs. Kings.
Derek Toye has outdone himself with yet another epic photo to prepare us for Round 1 against the Los Angeles Kings.
Thanks to Derek Toye, friend of Fort Nucks, for the sensational visual of Canucks coach Alain Vigneault providing words of wisdom as we embark on what promises to be another memorable journey.
In the words of the great Dr. Seuss: “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
Here we go.
— Vancouver forward Zack Kassian, on the passion of Canucks fans heading into the 2012 NHL Playoffs.
Moments after the San Jose Sharks took a bite out of the Los Angeles Kings in game 1,230, the final of the 2011-12 NHL season, hashtags for Vancouver’s upcoming series versus Los Angeles started flying left and right.
There were some clever suggestions, like #ownthethrown, and some not so clever ones like #justKinging - which may or may not have come from me. We, your friendly team at Canucks.com, then put our heads together to figure out which hashtag we should use as the official hashtag for the opening round of the playoffs.
The overwhelmingly popular hashtag has been #ownthethrown, but I, Derek Jory, personally do not like it, and that’s nothing against anyone suggesting it. It’s just that it’s been used before, two consecutive years to be exact, by the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks. It feels like how we created Towel Power, now everyone does it. #lame
It’s a tired hashtag and it’s time for something new.
We’re proposing: #reigningCanucks
Allow me to explain. Vancouver beat Los Angeles in the Western Conference Quarter-Finals two years ago, so the Canucks are looking to reign over the Kings again. The hashtag also alludes to Vancouver’s weather, it rains a lot here, and a play of words conjures up an image of Canucks raining from the sky, attacking Kings, queens and anyone else in their path to glory.
It’s new, it’s unique and it’s Canucks specific. Let others own the throne, let’s be #reigningCanucks.